About Me

As the grandson of the founder of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., Roland Dickey Jr. has an intimate connection with the brand that goes beyond mere business; it’s a family legacy. His journey from learning the art of slow-smoked meats in his father’s kitchen to leading a global barbecue empire is a testament to his dedication and expertise in the industry. 

Current Roles 

CEO of Dickey’s Capital Group 

As the CEO of Dickey’s Capital Group, he oversees the entire Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. franchise empire. With his unparalleled understanding of the brand and its traditions, he has taken Dickey’s from a regional favorite to a global phenomenon. Under his leadership, the company has grown exponentially, boasting more than 550 locations across the United States and internationally. 

Diversified Portfolio 

Beyond his role at Dickey’s, he manages a diverse portfolio of businesses. These include retail product lines, manufacturers, real estate ventures, metal fabrication companies, and distribution enterprises. 

His ability to diversify and expand the family business into these various sectors showcases his strategic vision and entrepreneurial prowess. 

Boost Virtual Concepts is among the other business ventures that play a vital role as CEO. Boost is the latest program for operators to make incremental revenue with a family of well-established brands.

Career History 

A Heritage of Barbecue 

Roland’s journey with Dickey began early in his life. Growing up, he spent countless hours alongside his father, learning the intricacies of slow-smoked barbecue, which is the hallmark of the Dickey’s brand. This early exposure ignited a deep passion for barbecue within him. 

Academic Pursuits 

After completing his high school education, he pursued a degree in Business Administration at Southern Methodist University. This academic foundation gave him the essential knowledge and skills to manage and expand a thriving business. 

A Third-Generation Steward 

In 1999, he officially joined the Dickey’s team, marking the third generation of Dickeys to contribute to the brand’s success. Over the years, he held various key positions within the company, learning the ropes of the business from the ground up. His unwavering commitment to preserving the authenticity and quality of Dickey’s barbecue led to his appointment as CEO in 2016. 

Awards and Recognitions 

Dickey’s exceptional leadership at Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. has not gone unnoticed. He has received numerous awards and accolades for his contributions to the brand and the food service industry. Some notable recognitions include: 

Nation’s Restaurant News’s 50 Most Powerful People in Foodservice: Roland’s strategic insight and influence within the industry earned him a coveted spot on this prestigious list. 

D Magazine’s Top 500 CEOs List: His leadership abilities were acknowledged in his inclusion among the top CEOs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. 

Restaurant Business’s Top 20 Leadership Power List: Dickey’s impact on the restaurant industry earned him a spot among the top 20 leaders shaping the sector’s future. 

Involvement in Charity 

While he is undeniably dedicated to the growth and success of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., he is equally committed to giving back to the community and making a positive impact. His philanthropic efforts are commendable, with a particular focus on supporting communities in need. 

‘Cueing Up Good in Michigan and Montana 

He has extended his philanthropic reach to Michigan and Montana, where he has actively participated in charitable initiatives. By leveraging the power of barbecue, he has contributed to various causes and supported local communities in these states. 

Donating Legit Pit Barbecue in Texas and Michigan 

Through Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., Roland has donated authentic pit barbecue to charitable organizations in Texas and Michigan. These contributions have helped feed the hungry and comfort those facing difficult circumstances. 

The Dickey Foundation

His commitment to philanthropy also extends to recognizing and honoring heroes nationwide. From New Jersey to California, he has been involved in initiatives that celebrate dedication and sacrifices by taking pride in serving those who serve our communities, such as firefighters, EMTs, frontline medical workers, and law enforcement.

The Dickey Foundation also creates partnerships between law enforcement and communities crucial in orchestrating crime reduction programs and initiatives.

Roland Dickey Jr. is a testament to the power of legacy, leadership, and philanthropy. His journey from a family kitchen to the helm of a global brand is a remarkable

story of dedication and excellence. As he continues to guide Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. to new heights and gives back to communities in need, his impact on the barbecue world and beyond remains exceptional.

Roland Dickey Jr.